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Storytellers gather for 'Festival of Words'

n Lake Oswego Library to host fourth-annual event


Lake Oswego will once again become a hotbed for great storytelling when “The Festival of Words” is held Nov. 8-9.

The Lake Oswego Public Library will host this popular event, and Alicia Yokoyama, director of the storytelling festival, thinks all story lovers will have a wonderful time.

“We’re excited to be bringing this fun and vital program to the Lake Oswego community for the fourth year in a row,” Yokoyama said.

The lineup of storytellers includes:

n Lake Oswego’s own Terry Jordan, who is not only a great storyteller herself, but also a teacher who has helped countless students at workshops throughout the country learn how to tell their own tales. She will present a fascinating program on travel stories. Jordan has been a member of the Portland Storytellers’ Guild for the past 10 years.

n Anne Rutherford is in demand as a performer and teacher at schools, festivals and other settings throughout the Northwest.

n Anne-Louise Sterry is well known for her hilarious alter ego, Aunt Lena. Sterry has hosted several video and radio shows and has released several CDs of storytelling.

n Ken Iverson has been telling stories for almost his entire life and professionally for 30 years.

n Anne Penfound, a daughter of England, uses her quirky British humor to convulse audiences. Her lively style includes facial expressions, voices and gestures.

n Carole DeMar has a rich background in exploring the creative process for personal growth, healing and transformation.

n Habiba Addo, a native of Ghana in West Africa, uses her background in theater, costumes and dance to lift her storytelling to a special level.

n Julie Strozyk began telling scary stories to her sixth-grade classmates. In 1986, she joined the Society for Creative Anachronism and took up storytelling again, this time as a “bard,” telling stories from many cultures, including the British Isles, Russia and Italy.

The festival begins on Saturday, Nov. 8, with sessions at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The first day concludes at 7 p.m. with “Flying in the Wind: Tales of Adventure, Travel and Dreams,” featuring Iverson, Penfound, Rutherford and emcee Jordan.

The festival continues on Sunday, Nov. 9, with sessions at 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and a storytelling matinee at 3:15 p.m. with Strozyk.

All events for the Festival of Words will be held at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St. Admission to all events is free, thanks to a grant from the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library.

For more information, call Alicia Yokoyama at 503-534-4228, Cyndie Glazer at 503-675-2538 or go to lopl.org/festivalofwords.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or cnewell@lakeoswegoreview.com.

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